Overall rating
80.92/100
votes
308
Whiskybase ID
WB58110
Category
Blended Malt
Distilleries
Bottler
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release
Strength
46.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5014218794540
Added on
15 sep 2014 12:29 pm by Erik Elixir
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 39.57

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Whisky reviews for Timorous Beastie DL

50 users have left 53 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 80.92 points.

  1. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Very easy-going, young, but well composed. The catch is a little the price structure
    • Nose
      In the nose very pleasing, bright fruits, malt, floral, some toffee, Butterscotch, cloves, you notice the youth, but it does not bother and blends harmoniously together.
    • Taste
      In the mouth surprisingly strong, spices, cloves, some fruit, licorice, very straightforward.
    • Finish
      The finish is rather tart, a touch of sherry, a lot of malt, little oak

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  3. ZLako scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. YD84 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    It noses and tastes a little young and is a little new make-y on the finish. It is tasty though. Quite floral, malty and honeyed, with notes of butterscotch, marzipan, creamy vanilla and a hint of stewed fruits. The texture is lovely, quite robust and silky.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. Hsh scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    vanilla old paper fresh
    sweet honey and pepper
    The finish is quite weak.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      76 76

  6. FeydRautha scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  7. Likudi scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  8. Teomarg scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. Jabarkas scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    So this really resembles its brother - Epicurean DL. It is a better integrated dram. But it is also less pronounced in almost every way. Because other flavours were not that present on the nose, the alcohol was more prevalent. On the other hand it was perhaps better than Epicurean in the "finish" departement.

    A good summer dram perhaps. I would even call it refreshing. But it is surely not interesting in any way.
    • Nose
      Alcohol, rubber, bit citrusy and a bit of honey
    • Taste
      Light, floral, citrusy, refill bourbon casks probably?
    • Finish
      Finish is quickly fleeing. Everything is there, but it quickly becomes just an echo of itself.

  10. Cubey666 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
      vanilla, sugar, peaches, sweet, pear, whiff of smoke, tobacco
    • Taste
      79 79
      bit more smoke, wood, metal, pear, pepper
    • Finish
      80 80
      somewhat short.

  11. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Probably the most typical Highland character you can imagine. Lots of herbs (heather), some honey, a pleasant hint of fresh citrus notes and then nice and spicy afterwards.

    Great thing, does what it should. The Highlands captured beautifully I would say :)

  12. Odinson scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      76 76

  13. thijs100 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Light in colour but with plenty of body and depth.
    • Nose
      Light and fruity with a whiff of tinned peaches, but also some soft notes of wet pebbles and ozone. Sugared cereals, vanilla custard and barley husks, with some charred oak to round things out.
    • Taste
      Oatmeal cookies and plenty of vanilla, accompanied by cracked black pepper corns and other spices. Touches of marzipan also, followed by some fudge.
    • Finish
      Spicy with whispers of oak and angelica root.

  14. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Not bad at all. It’s not spectacular and not super complex but a nice daily dram.
    • Nose
      Barley sugar, lime and vanilla. Oats. Unripe pears and green apples. But also nutmeg and honey. Later also a touch of hay.
    • Taste
      A whiff of smoke. Oats and vanilla. Caramel fudge too. Green apples. A drop of honey. Hay and a touch of wood. But then an unexpected but pleasant punch from a variety of spices, such as black pepper, cloves and nutmeg.
    • Finish
      The finish is short and somewhat dry. A little bit bitter too. A hint of liquorice, a touch of oak and the same spices as on the palate.

  15. The_Osprey scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Timorous Beastie (Douglas Laing) (Blended Malt). Consumed Dec 2018. Quite pale. Aroma has vanilla oak and butter, lots of pale wood. Taste - subtle peat, woody, lots of fresh oak and wood shavings with some apple. Salty boozy linger. Not bad. (3.3/79)

  16. robbert88 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Nose:
      chocolate, sultanta cookies, cereal, honey, a spicy punch in the nose. Wood, caramel, butterscotch, freshly cut grass and fruit.
    • Taste
      Palette:
      Lots of sweetness, oily, greasy structure, a bit of a fresh minty taste, wood tannins that pull your mouth together. Spicyness of pepper and cloves.
    • Finish
      Finish:
      Short, flattens quickly, bitterness of wood, chocolate sultana biscuits.

  17. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

  18. Gweddry scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      caramels, honey, alcohol, vanilla, christmas collection, mon cheri, apple juice, trace of sherry, brandy, black currant, beet, licorice, pudding, wood
    • Taste
      sweet, intense, hint of sherry, ginger, sour and bitter, rye, pepper, spices, licorice
    • Finish
      raisins, rye, pomegranate, bitter, nuts

  19. Willum scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  20. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    On the nose a lot of thinness, light fruit, lime In the mouth a little vanilla and herbs. Also very young and therefore more suitable for a long drink, maybe with bitter lemon?

  21. keba9591 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    young & not very complex, nevertheless pleasant & tasty...
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  22. coldsun scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tasty whisky with notes of honey, wood and sweetness. Really smooth and delicate.

  23. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  24. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 83 points Super Administrator

    Inspired by Robert Burns' poem 'To a Mouse', Timorous Beastie is a Highland Blended Malt of Blair Athol, Glengoyne, Dalmore and Glen Garioch. A bit off-putting at first, the nose unfolds with butterscotch and intense floral notes before heather honey, citrus fruits and juniper start to emerge. The taste is surprisingly spicy and gingery, featuring mashed berries, creamy vanilla and a touch of eucalyptus. This little fellow is not shy at all! Fading with milky cereals, licorice and hints of sweet malt, the finish turns slightly dry and nutty. Not bad, I would say.

    RATING: 3.5/5.0 stars ≙ 83 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  25. GJR scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  26. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Light nose, a little fruity, on white fruits and vanilla, plum, grapes. It's quite fresh, maybe a hint of mint, but also earthy, dry earth, vegetal fragrances, woody, resin, chocolate and liquorice. On the palate, the fruits are not the same, more apricots, pears, tart apple, but the oak lingers. Cinnamon, sandalwood, Armenian paper. It ends with a decent, sparkling finish on cola and spices. Fine herbs, nutmeg, thyme.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/01/timorous-beastie.html
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  27. Andytka3 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Batch 13 (2018)

    N- Certainly pleased with the subtle dried fruits, spicy honey and delicious oat that greets you with enthusiasm. Basketful of ripe juicy fruits that oozing with nectar. Notes of white oak lurking. (86/20)

    P- Hand rip ripe peaches with lushes of fresh fruity sweet. Firm and spicy bites that hold up the structure so well here, and still gives room for sherried raisin and soft boiled spices to shines. (87/21)

    F- Medium-long, balanced of sweet and spicy, echoing raisin and sherry nuance. Polished. (87/21)

    Body/Balance- 88/22. Surely a well composed and bold blended malt. Excellent value for the quality.

    Weighted Rate- 84pt
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Certainly pleased with the subtle dried fruits, spicy honey and delicious oat that greets you with enthusiasm. Basketful of ripe juicy fruits that oozing with nectar. Notes of white oak lurking. (86/20)
    • Taste
      P- Hand rip ripe peaches with lushes of fresh fruity sweet. Firm and spicy bites that hold up the structure so well here, and still gives room for sherried raisin and soft boiled spices to shines. (87/21)
    • Finish
      F- Medium-long, balanced of sweet and spicy, echoing raisin and sherry nuance. Polished. (87/21)

      Body/Balance- 88/22. Surely a well composed and bold blended malt. Excellent value for the quality.

      Weighted Rate- 84pt
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  28. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    blair athol,glen garioch,dalmore et glengoyne! sur du Highland!
    • Nose
      fumé,malt,fruité un peu sherry et épicé
    • Taste
      le bois en avant,des épices prononcés,poivrés,
      des fruits cuits,variés ,mais base d'oranges ,de pêche,de raisins secs.
      retour vanillé et toasté et fumé
    • Finish
      moyenne,sur les arômes écrits plus haut,c'est simple ,mais très efficace,fort ,tenace!

  29. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    08-09-2018
    • Nose
      69 69
      candy
    • Taste
      70 70
      citric fruits, pepper, candy
    • Finish
      67 67
      pepper, vanilla, dry

  30. stefan_PB scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Very nice "all-day-dram". A great blend, which has a top price-performance ratio.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      74 74

  31. Sandman scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Honey, lime, apple cider, mown grass, peach, white grapes, hint of chocolate and raisins.
    • Taste
      Bitter, oak, lemon, touch of salt, toffee, sweetened peach, apple, pear, hay, butter butter, raisins, chocolate and licorice.
    • Finish
      Medium, dry, lemon, hints of grass, oak and licorice.

  32. jankes scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  33. HammerHead scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  34. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, spices, a hint of smoke, mixed yellow orange fruit! In the mouth, vanilla, sweet spices, sweet candied orange fruits and a little lemon, some soft wood, cocoa and always a trace of smoke! In the end, same aromas, but it's relatively short! A blend with 4 distilleries on the counter, a nice bottle, but scents already seen and reviewed, we remain in the universe aseptic blend!

  35. KayMeertens scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A blend and NAS, that's not very promising. But I have to say that I like it.
    • Nose
      Creamy and fruity. Peach, custard, apple. Young but not overly blend-like.
    • Taste
      More clearly a blend. Apple, peach, caramel, nuts, pepper and a little smoke.
    • Finish
      More nutty. Custard, apple and still a bit peppery.

  36. Bosi scored this whisky 78 points Specialist

    If there is such a thing as the classic Highland character, it is immortalized here, ie the whiskey will definitely live up to its claim. Unfortunately, the whole thing is pretty young and not very complex. If you like this style, try the fantastic Age Statement whiskeys of Timorous Beastie.
    • Nose
      The first impression is pretty young. Fresh barley meets green apples and honey. In the background I pass a little carnation. With some time blood orange dominates and some shoe polish is added.
    • Taste
      The mouthfeel is pleasantly oily with the sweetness of honey and the sharpness of ginger. Unfortunately, I do not taste much more.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium in length with pepper and the typical taste of the classic Fishermen's Friend.

  37. Hvdree scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  38. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    I got myself into a bit of a muddle with this one. I thought i was trying the limited edition 40yo WB that disappeared off the shelves,.... well, most of it never made many shelves, did it? So my notes below read rather strangely, until the penny dropped.
    N: Smells rather like a young Dalmore [now I know why], with a waxiness i sense will translate on the palate. Curiously young and bright for a 40yo yet without significant depth. At this point, i know the colour doesn’t look right, nor the viscosity but i was too excited to be at the Whisky Exchange Show [day 1] with so many fine malts to sample, to be fully switched on. This was only sample #3 and it was early too! Excuses over.
    T: Much weaker than expected, thin also - amazing vibrancy for it's age [there's puzzlement all over my face now],.... guess the strength helps - and then the penny dropped!
    F: A sustaining, clean finish.
    C: Before the penny dropped i’d have concluded with, ‘Puzzlingly full of beans for it's age'. Once back in the room, Timorous Beastie NAS is a simple, decent young blended malt that, one in a similar style to Gordon Highlander’s.

    Scores a C[-]

  39. eaque scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    From Whiskyfun  November 12, 2014

    Timorous Beastie (46.8%, Douglas Laing, blended malt, 2014) An all-Highlands blended malt that gathers Glen Garioch, Dalmore and Blair Athol. NAS again, naturally. Colour: straw. Nose: another one that worked, apparently. What’s striking is that it does smell of an Highland malt indeed, but I wouldn’t say one distillery’s singing louder than the others. Certainly not Blair Athol. I find cider apples, bitter oranges (Dalmore?), a little shoe polish (Glen Garioch?) and quite a series of wood spices, mixed with a little sour dough, perhaps. And mashed celeriac? Mouth: definitely modern and pretty spicy. Ginger, cardamom, nutmeg and cloves on a base made out of stewed apples and maple syrup. Notes of fresh oak (cinnamon, vanilla). Some peat coming through as well, where does that come from? Finish: long and very spicy. A spice cake rather than a space cake – ha. Comments: a modern composition made with old-skool malts, that’s clever! And to my liking once again. SGP:562 - 85 points.

  40. gerrit de guru scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Nose: perfume, meadow flowers, herbs, heather, citrus.
    Mouth: bittersweet, honey. Quite thin.
    Nice highland profile but it really lacks depth and complexity.

  41. GIORGOS scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      75 75

  42. wataya scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      79 79

  43. Shane_IL scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    This does a decent job at representing the Highland profile, however I found it a bit too young. I think that part of the problem is that some of the component malts are malts that need age to be good. Still not a bad dram, quite light and pleasant.

    Reviewed in my blog: https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/06/25/douglas-laing-regional-malts-tasting/
    • Nose
      Young malty notes first. Honey nut corn flakes. Lychee. Stewed pairs. Asparagus. Canned pineapple. Woodspice. Cut wet grass.
    • Taste
      Caramel. Toffee. Pears. Woodspice, gets bigger 9n the swallow. Balsa wood. Bit of a sour note.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Sour grains continue, almost like a sorghum beer. Little Salt. Toffee.

  44. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Not bad at all I believe, although I can think of plenty with blends that are much cheaper and with higher quality. But a good nose and flavors in this one despite the rawness.

    (Rating interval 81-84)
    • Nose
      Some young spirit is really distinct when first nosing, but there are flavors beneath the rather raw presentation. Lets see what can be found. Breakfast cereal, bread and paper but also citrus, yeast and honey. After a while some soft hints of peanut butter and dried fruit are coming through. 
    • Taste
      The arrival is soft and sweet, with spices and mint appearing in the development. It continues with some perfumed wood (cedar?), honey and maple syrup and at the same time quite substantial, oily and mouth filling. The peanuts are still there.
    • Finish
      The finish is really short and dry with black pepper, dry honey, vanilla and ginger. It's definitely a bit raw on the finish.

  45. Georges scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  46. Georges scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Citrus, white fruit, vanilla, grainy
    • Taste
      Oily, creamy, fruity (apples, grapefruit), vanilla
    • Finish
      Rather short, ginger, vanilla

  47. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    This is a very light and sweet whisky. It’s a bit thin and watery on the palate (despite the 46.8%). Adding water to this dram does not really work for me and makes the weak palate even weaker. The nose becomes a bit fruitier and even sweeter.

    All in all it’s a nice summery dram to sip mindlessly although it’s quite steeply priced for the quality you get.

    http://www.worldwhisky.nl/review-420-timorous-beastie/
    • Nose
      A fresh, sweet and young whisky with aromas of hay, honey, grass, floral tones (heather), fainth sherry, subtle dried fruits (sultana and plum), apple, berries, pear, caramel, icing sugar, grain, subtle citrus tones, solvents and subtle oak.
    • Taste
      A young, vibrant, sweet and fresh whisky with aromas of honey, sugar, caramel, nuts, hay, grass, butter, green apples, a hint of beeswax, subtle spices, floral tones, pepper, subtle aniseed, hint of bitter cocoa powder and a little oak.
    • Finish
      A shot to medium and sweet finish with aromas of honey, fudge, grain, toffee, subtle spices and a faint hint of oak.

  48. peatbogger scored this whisky 80 points Specialist

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  49. peatbogger scored this whisky 80 points Specialist

    I adore the label and I like how it made my mind escape by reading up on Burns, so even though I enjoy the taste I may have given a lower score on a blind test.
    • Nose
      At first very light, fresh acidic citrus and a hint of smoke.

      With the nose a little deeper into the glass; sweet vanilla and american oak.
    • Taste
      Initially a lot fuller than expected by the nose.

      Peppery, grapefruit, vanilla.
    • Finish
      It ends on a very pleasing note of chocolate covered heavy marsipan, that unfortunatly is too short.

  50. markjedi1 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Not a Beast
    Timorous Beastie is the little brother of Scallywag, another blended malt from Douglas Laing. This one is composed of Glengoyne, Dalmore, Blair Athol and Glen Garioch. In the meantime they also released Rock Oyster, but more about that later. We will first try this new Highland Blended Malt.I get a lot of citrus on the nose, but also white fruit and a sour note. Then a truckload of vanilla and grain cookies emerge. A touch of woodsmoke, but not a lot. Feels a bit young. A rather docile nose, if you ask me.The arrival is quite powerful and spicy. Turns creamy. The same fruit as on the nose, but a bit more grapefruit than apples. The vanilla returns. I get a fresh minty note and some wood, but not much else is going on here.
    The finish, which is not long at all, offers some ginger and more vanilla.
    To be honest, I am not impressed. I expected more from this. The packaging is lovely, but that does not guarantee an interesting whisky. This sure is no beast. Around 50 EUR, which is not cheap either.

  51. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Lemon juice. Limes. Oranges. Berry jelly. Maritime notes. Salt. Cereals. Butterscotch in the background.
    • Taste
      Balanced. Fudge. Brown sugar. Citrus fruits. Something sherry. Nuts. Spices. Salty. Dried fruits. Cereals.
    • Finish
      Long. A hint of smoke (?). Vanilla. Raisins. Walnuts. Herbal. Cereals. A trace of oak.

  52. Fable scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  53. WhiskyCask did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Nice highland whisky with some maritime notes.
    See the full review here:

    http://maltandoak.com/pulling-the-vats-together-the-remarkable-regional-malts-by-douglas-laing-and-a-taste-of-the-beastie/

  54. zinaf scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Very gentle, very elegant. Matches the name. Glengoyne is definitely showing up.
    • Nose
      Starts on coastal notes, engine oil, combined with sherry maturation notes. Some fruit comes up - apricot.
      Sweet flower notes, very ethereal, hint of vanilla - this is now lovely.
      Water: more floral perfume notes, very elegant
    • Taste
      Sweet, chewy, dried fruits and nuts (sherry maturation again). Light spices.

      Water: grapefruit is added and more gentle sweetness. camphor more into the finish.
    • Finish
      Lingering, on sweetness, dried fruit, and some ground ginger and cinnamon with touch of wood.

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